Anyone who wants to understand what makes religion in public life different in New England should take a look at this article in today’s Hartford Courant. The Connecticut Valley Atheists erect a sign (with official permission) in Rockville’s Central Park with a picture of the Twin Towers and a quote from Lennon’s “Imagine”–to wit, “Imagine No Religion.” A few angry phone calls, but otherwise, no biggie. The local Congregational minister and Catholic priest find it interesting, useful. The headline tells it all: “Atheists’ Sign Spurs Talk, Thought.” Ah, the Land of Steady Habits…and free exercise.
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Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service